One week, four visits to Tekserve, and, in total, $850 + tax lighter, my laptop is completely back up and running and all my old information has been recovered.
I don’t really mind that I spent $300 on a new hard drive – it’s twice the size and almost twice the speed of the old one and surely a good investment. And I was planning on spending the $150 on an external hard drive – with 160GB on board, it’s so cheap it’s silly NOT to have one. It’s the fact that I kept putting off the purchase of that external hard drive even as I knew my internal one was dieing on me. The result? Not only the four visits to Tekserve where one would have done it (on this of all weeks that I couldn’t afford the time), and not just a week-plus without vital data, but the $400 data recovery fee. That’s what I mind paying. Because I shouldn’t have had to. So, if you haven’t already learned from your own mistakes, learn from mine: invest in a cheap external hard drive, load in an automatic back-up program, and take full advantage of these ludicrously cheap prices.